Maccabi Haifa drops Beer Sheva, Bnei Yehuda draws with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Netanya smashes Bnei Sakhnin & More! Israel Football MD2 Recaps

Maccabi Tel Aviv and Bnei Yehuda drew 2-2 at Bloomfield Stadium in an entertaining Little Tel Aviv Derby. The final ten minutes of the game saw Maccabi comeback from a 1-0 deficit on goals by Maor Kandil and Itay Shechter but Allyson Dos Santos found the equalizer just in time to split the points.

Bnei Yehuda grabbed the lead in the 20th minute when Dor Jan scored against his former team thanks to a Dan Mori assist as the hosts went up 1-0. The score stayed as is until the 80th minute when Maccabi defender Maor Kandil took a Dan Bitton pass in the box and roofed the ball into the goal to draw even at 1-1.

Three minutes later the yellow-and-blue took the lead when Ben Bitton found Itay Shechter in the area as the veteran striker gave his side a 2-1 advantage. However, Allyson Dos Santos headed home a perfect corner in the 89th minute as each team took a point.

Maccabi Haifa dropped Hapoel Beer Sheva 3-1 at Sammy Ofer Stadium as Greens coach Barak Bachar defeated his former team for the first time in league play. Nikita Rukaystya scored his first goal of the game when he took a perfect Sun Menachem pass in the box and roofed it into Ohad Levita goal for a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute. Itamar Shviro drew the visitors even in the 59th minute but Rukavytsya helped Haifa regain the advantage three minutes later while Yanic Wildschut added a third goal in the 73rd minute to help the Greens to the 3-points and the win.

Ashdod blanked Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-0 as former Red Roie Gordana orchestrated the victory with a goal and an assist at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv. The port city squad grabbed a very early lead as Gordana assisted on Sagiv Yehezkel’s strike after just 19 seconds of play started when Ashdod stripped Emanuel Boateng of the ball in the midfield. Gordana added a late insurance marker in second half injury time when he tapped the ball into an empty goal with Hapoel keeper Ernestas Setkus way out of his net to seal the win.

Maccabi Netanya dunked Bnei Sakhnin 7-0 at the Netanya Stadium as Yunas Malada scored 4 goals, Gaby Kanichowsky scored a brace and Elad Shahaf added a lone marker in the blowout win. The last time a player had four goals in a game was when Eran Zahavi turned the trick for Maccabi Tel Aviv in a 4-0 victory over Kiryat Shemona during the 2015/16 season.

Kiryat Shemona and Hapoel Haifa played to a 1-1 draw as the squads split the points in the northern capital. Lucio gave the hosts the lead on an elegantly placed 20th minute penalty after a handball in the box by Raz Nachmias. However, the aforementioned Nachmias made up for his mistake as he assisted on Nes Zamir’s second half smart strike as each side took a point.

Maccabi Petah Tikva downed Hapoel Kfar Saba 2-0 at the Moshava Stadium to win their second game in a row to start the season. Guy Hadida scored a 15th minute penalty to give the hosts a 1-0 lead after a Sodiq Atanda handball in the area. Guy Luzon’s squad doubled their advantage in the second half when Mohammed Hindy sent Tai Baribo a magnificent through ball that the latter put behind a helpless Itamar Israeli as Petah Tikva took the 3-points.

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